Bowiea - Asparagaceae - How to care for and grow Bowiea plants
HOW TO GROW AND CARE FOR OUR PLANTS
There Bowiea it is a very particular plant that grows from a voluminous bulb developing stems reminiscent of those of asparagine.
Species: Bowiea volubilis
In the genre Bowiea, belonging to the large family ofAsparagaceae, we find only one species there
BOWIEA VOLUBILIS, originally from South Africa.
It is a perennial plant, considered partially succulent, formed by a very large bulb (in older specimens it can even reach 25 cm in diameter) and almost spherical, which remains half buried in the ground and from which every year, at the end of winter, they form the stems, of a beautiful green color and climbing plants. The stem in fact develops in a sinuous and enveloping way to the supports thanks to thin airami and can reach 5 m in length.
There Bowiea it is considered aphylla, that is to say without leaves, as only a few sprout at the base of the bulb, which last very little, so much so that the chlorophyll function is carried out by the branches and the stem.
The flowers are starry, form along the stem and are inconspicuous, greenish-white in color, short-lived and bloom in spring.
Towards the end of the summer the fruits are formed, berries containing the seeds can be recovered for the multiplication of the plant. After fruiting, the stem dries up and the plant goes into complete vegetative rest and then resumes at the end of the following winter, when we see a new stem appear from the top of the bulb.
There Bowiea it is a plant that requires high temperatures in fact these must never drop below 13 ° C therefore, in cold climate regions, during the winter period they must be taken to sheltered places.
They need good light exposure except for direct sunlight which is not tolerated.
After flowering, when the stem begins to dry out (late summer), watering must be completely suspended, otherwise we risk rotting the bulb. When at the end of winter we will see the new stem appear from the bulb, then we will start watering again.
Watering during the active growth period of the plant must be regular, making sure that the soil is dry enough before proceeding with the next watering.
TYPE OF SOIL - REPOT
For the Bowiea a light and well-drained loam is required, formed for example by good soil for cactaceae mixed with sand and other coarse material such as perlite or expanded clay to allow a good drainage of the watering water.
When repotting, make sure that at least half of the bulb remains outside the soil.
There Bowiea it normally multiplies by seed even if it is possible to pick up the bulbils that form at the base of the main bulb.
PARASITES AND DISEASES
Brown spots on the leaves
Brown spots on the leaves could mean that you are in the presence of cochineals, brown cochineal or mealy cochineal. To be sure, it is recommended to use a magnifying glass and observe them. Compare them with the photos shown, they are characteristics, you can't go wrong. Also if you try to remove them with a fingernail, they come off easily.
Remedies: use specific pesticides available from a good nurseryman.
(1) Non-copyrighted image, courtesy of Davepape, Wikimedia Commons.